They used the long ball to excellent effect to end the weekend, maintaining a 2.5-game lead for the top spot in the ULB. The Roadrunners got two-run homers from Carlos Hereaud and Nelson Teilon Sunday to down Coastal Bend 4-2 at the Stadium, rising to 40-26 for the season.

Hereaud has been an unsung hero most of the year, and is hitting .313 so far with nine circuit clouts. He connected in the sixth to break a scoreless tie, and after the Thunder tied it back up, Teilon parked one to make a winner of Jose Pablo Oyervides (2-0).

Julio Castro finished up for his league-leading 19th save, as the league has finally corrected an earlier statistical lapse that had robbed the dependable righty of three saves.

Game One Saturday against CB was a downer, as the guys rallied from a 5-0 deficit only to lose on a late grand slam, 9-5, in front of yet another healthy Stadium crowd of 2,700.

It was imperative to do well against the sub-.500 Thunder, after a split with Amarillo had just been completed. Edinburg played a doubleheader at home against the Thunder Monday night and was to finish up that stand Tuesday.

The Amarillo series started with a well-pitched game Tuesday, and the ‘Runners prevailed, 3-1 behind the season debut of Valley native Jose Pablo Oyervides. He went six innings, fanning seven and shutting out the Dillas on two hits.

The next night was disaster, as Tim Haines yielded eight runs through four and the eventual final was 17-5, Dillas. Felix Molina and Carlos Hereaud homered late for Edinburg, but it was way too late to matter.

Two solid games followed, with the ‘Runners taking one, 4-3, and losing one, 5-3, for a split with the Dillas.

As the stretch run arrives, the team was set to travel east to battle the WhiteWings Wednesday through through Saturday. The key series may be at home against Laredo late in the month; the ‘Runners have struggled with the Broncos all season, and somehow, they knew it was going to come down to this. After that, a road trip to Amarillo will also go a long way in telling the final tale of 2010. The Dillas have been on Edinburg’s tail for weeks.

ROADRUNNERS

REMAINING GAMES

AUGUST

11-14 at Rio Grande Valley

15-18 at San Angelo

19-22 LAREDO

24-27 at Amarillo